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    Killing coyotes for
the fun of it page 25
Food bank feeds hundreds
in Sisters page 23
The evolution of the
fat-tire mountain bike
The Nugget
Vol. XXXVIII No. 3
Sisters, OR
Permit No. 15
News and Opinion
from Sisters, Oregon
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Shootout in Sisters...
page 4
food cart
By Jim Cornelius
News Editor
By John Griffith
On a 7-0 vote, the Sisters
planning commission
approved the master plan
and site plan review for an
82-room assisted living facil-
ity (ALF) to be built on 7.2
acres of the “Carpenter prop-
erty” just south of the post
office, between Locust and
Larch streets.
Community Development
Director Pauline Hardie pre-
sented staff findings to the
commissioners with a recom-
mendation to approve applica-
tion. The commission’s recom-
mendation to the City Council
will be taken up at a future
meeting, offering a second
See approVal on page 20
photo by Jerry baldoCk
sisters park & recreation district’s shootout drew basketball teams from across oregon, bringing
hundreds of people to town.
Mayor raises concerns
about Asson’s actions
By Jim Cornelius
News Editor
Over the past several
weeks, re-elected city coun-
cilor David Asson has
released to the public commu-
nications that were supposed
to be internal city council
communications. At a council
workshop Thursday, Mayor
Chris Frye expressed his con-
cerns about Asson’s actions.
“My hope is that some of
these were done in the goal
of being transparent,” said
Frye. “It’s a big focus for us
going forward. But I think
there’s a line that you can go
too far … where the respect of
your other councilors and the
trust of the other councilors
can be crossed. And in these
instances I think you went too
Frye detailed three actions
of concern:
In writing the city coun-
cil’s letter to the citizens of
Sisters, published as an ad in
The Nugget, Asson revealed
information and discussions
conducted in the execu-
tive session regarding City
Manager Andrew Gorayeb’s
annual performance review.
Asson’s letter was ultimately
not published.
See CoNCerNs on page 24
It took just about one
minute on Thursday for the
Sisters City Council to deter-
mine that it will not intervene
on a staff decision allowing
food carts at a downtown
Brad Boyd applied and
won staff approval to site
food carts on his property at
Eurosports. The food-cart
operators will pay Boyd an
annual lease. He hopes to
establish whatever number is
viable as permanent fixtures
— though he acknowledges
that there may be turnover
among the individual carts.
The approval proved con-
troversial, with critics ques-
tioning the process by which
See food Carts on page 30
No snow on horizon in Sisters Country
With the exception of a
little rain, Sisters Country
enjoyed some lovely weather
last week. Sunny skies and
temperatures in the mid-to-
high 50s made it feel like
spring and enabled hikers and
cyclists to get out and enjoy
sports that they might have
thought retired for the season.
But all Sisters Country
folks know that a warm, dry
January is not really good
news. The Cascades’ snow
pack is far lower than it
should be at this time of year,
and backcountry recreation
and the businesses that supply
it have taken a hit. Hoodoo
Mountain Resort remains
closed, and Outlaws ski rac-
ers endured extremely sloppy
conditions at Mt. Bachelor on
photo by Jim Cornelius
Mighty pretty, but where’s the snow?
The weather forecast
indicates that we should not
be expecting any snow in
Sisters Country through the
rest of the month. There is a
slight chance of rain show-
ers over the weekend, when
temperatures will climb into
the 50s again — and possibly
approach 60 degrees.
Folks in Sisters Country
can enjoy the relatively balmy
conditions and look with a
wary eye toward fire season
that may come early this year.
letters/Weather ................ 2 Announcements ................12 At Your Service.............16-18 Business at Glance........... 26 Classifieds .................. 27-29
Meetings ........................... 3 Movies & Entertainment ....13 Sisters Salutes ................ 24 Crossword ....................... 26 Real Estate .................30-32